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3rd T20 Preview: India vs South Africa



With the 2nd consecutive win against Proteas, India has won their first ever home series against South Africa.

Given the previous record, this is a massive achievement for Men in Blue who were without their star bowler Bumrah.

The last match saw over 400 runs scored in 40 overs with bowlers having an off day from both sides.

India posted a gigantic total of 237 courtesy some spectacular hitting from Suryakumar Yadav, Kohli and others.

Yadav is in his form of life and has become the fastest player in the world to score 1000 runs in terms of balls played.

Former skipper Kohli seems to have regained his touch and went undefeated after scoring 49 of 28.

South African bowlers were pretty helpless in front of Indian batting.

Aggression from the start of the innings made them bowl faulty lines and their execution was just not perfect to contain the Indian batting. India scored their 4th highest total in T20 and their highest against South Africa.

On some personal achievements front, Suryakumar scored the 2nd joint fastest 50 for India equalling KL Rahul’s record.

In return, South Africa once again had a horrific start, losing 2 wickets for just 5 runs.

Arshdeep Singh’s early wickets put South Africa under pressure and they only managed 47-2 in the Power play. Having facing a massive target, De Kock and Miller played with abandon and put on the highest 4th wicket stand of 174.

Miller scored an unbeaten 100 off just 46 balls but it just wasn’t enough to take South Africa over the line.

In the end, the target proved to be a bit too much as India clinched the series win; their 1st against Proteas at home.

However, Indian death bowling was once again continues to be a concern.

In the absence of Bumrah, the onus is on Arshdeep and Co. to control proceedings.

For South Africa, the tour so far has not been great as they would have expected. Both teams will likely try their bench strength since the fate of series is already decided.

Match details

Venue: Indore

Date: 4th October,2022

Time: 6:30 pm IST

Head to head past record:

India and South Africa have played 22 T20 games against each other. India leads the tally with 13 wins while South Africa has 8 victories. One match ended without result.

 Probable Playing 11 – India:

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Probable Playing 11 –South Africa:

Quinton De Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rilee Rousseau, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs/Henrich Klassen, Wayne Parnell/Dwayne Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje/Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

 Star bowler of the match:

Kagiso Rabada

 Star batsman of the match:

Suryakumar Yadav

Who will win?

India looks like a clear favourite in terms of cricket they have played so far.

Their batting maestros has overshadowed the shortcomings of their bowling so far.

However, when push comes to the shove, Indian bowling unit will need to do a lot better to win the game.

South Africa, on the other hand, will be scrambling to look for a consolation win.

Their approach has not been wrong so far. All they need is a better execution plan to contain India.

Stay tuned for more exciting match reviews and predictions!

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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